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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

Call for Papers on the Intellectual History of Black Women

The Black Women’s Intellectual and Cultural History Collective (BWICH) is seeking paper submissions for a broad-ranging conference on black women’s contributions to black thought, political mobilization, creative work and gender theory. We are interested in work on any time period that explores black women as intellectuals across a broad geography including Africa, the Caribbean, [...]

How Howard Got His History Back

A young DJ stumbled on a warehouse cache and reunited a barrier-breaking photographer with some 500 lost works.
Read the story here:

Only 40 (or so) hours to go…UPDATED

Thanks again to all of my backers!
By Delphine Fawundu-Buford
In order for this project to be successful, we have to raise $3,830. in 40 hrs. I noticed that we have very few backers on the 5 and 10 dollar levels – of course the higher levels are driving the donations but I think that a mixture [...]

Seydou Keïta article

(thanks Amanda, via Deb)
A great article about the commercial legacy of Seydou Keïta. Here is
the link:

CFS: Photobook!! The Photographer and the Self-Published Book

(This should really be on the BPBR site, but the library has blocked it for some reason.)

I’m writing to request you spread the word regarding our November 18 – December 19 exhibition, PHOTOBOOK!!  It’s our first annual juried photobooks show.  I’m a true believer in the photobook to bring one’s work to the attention [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break February 15, 2012
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? February 15, 2012
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine February 15, 2012
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

  • "Dedicated to the real photographers of the world—to those who, with their second-hand equipment and their makeshift darkrooms, are today fighting their solitary battles with their recalcitrant medium, not for money or for glory, but because they would rather make pictures than anything else in the world." - William Mortensen
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